Some of the most influential writers in history were besieged by their migraine conditions even as they penned their masterpieces. We are talking about Adeline Virginia Stephen Woolf, Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, and Charles Lutwidge Dodgson, better known as Lewis Carroll. To a certain extent, the migraines suffered by these notable authors had a profound effect on their literary canon, which in turn contributed to the betterment of society through entertainment, insight and intellectual endeavor.
In the Information Age, blogs have emerged as a new literary genre that can both entertain and inform. Within the realm of social media, we can now find many authors who are dedicated to engaging their readers on the specific topic of living with migraines. Some seek to build awareness about this condition while others are more emotional with their narratives, but just about all migraine bloggers write with a therapeutic purpose in mind: To either help themselves or help others cope with their migraine conditions.
Top Migraine Bloggers of 2014
Online cephalalgia community, The Daily Migraine, recently published a list of the top migraine bloggers of 2014. Three bloggers stand out from that list:
- Dawn Buse
- Teri Robert
- Jaime Sander
Dawn BuseDr. Buse is an Assistant Professor of Neurology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University and Director of Behavioral Medicine at the Montefiore Headache Center in New York City. Her writings routinely appear in major media outlets such as US News and World Report, the Huffington Post and NY Daily News. Dr. Buse educates readers on the behavioral aspects of coping with migraines and how this condition can affect the lives not only of patients but also of their friends, relatives and associates.
Ms. Robert is a patient advocate and an excellent writer whose writing career began in the late 20th century after suffering a long period of terrible migraine episodes. She made the decision to dedicate her life to patient advocacy after going online in search for information about her debilitating headaches. Ms. Robert began contributing to the growing online canon of informational migraine literature with writings on the specific topic of helping chronic migraine patients get through everyday life.
On her blog, The Migraine Diva, Ms. Sander writes in a very personal and engaging manner about her life as a chronic migraine patient. She writes in a diary-like manner about how she has been coping with her condition since she was eight years old. Like many other women who suffer from migraines, Ms. Sander went through a particular painful stage of her life during her teenage years, but her condition has only become more pronounced since. On her Migraine Diva blog, Ms. Sander's therapeutic life becomes an open book as she goes into great detail about her preventative and reactive medicinal regimes and other attempts at treatment such as nutrition, nerve blocks, Botox injections, meditation and even special diets.
One important benefit of following the bloggers above is that they have all developed online communities of dedicated followers who often contribute their own experiences, which means that new readers will find value in the opinions and comments left by readers whose lives are similarly affected by migraines.